In October 2013, 104 government agencies and nonprofit organizations across the country were awarded grants through the Second Chance Act to help improve the outcomes for and reduce recidivism among individuals leaving prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities.
The majority of people in prison and jail have a substance use disorder. Despite the promise demonstrated by some treatment programs for people who are incarcerated, just a fraction of the people who need services for substance abuse receive it. Connecting people incarcerated to treatment programs proven to be effective, prioritizing resources for those nearing release, and encouraging community-based aftercare will ensure better outcomes for people released from prisons and jails, and the communities to which they return.
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On January 16, 2014 Congress passed the $1 trillion omnibus federal spending package, which includes a $51.6 billion Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill. Under this bill, the Second Chance Act would receive $67.7 million in funding, the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA) would receive $8.2 million, and the Justice Reinvestment Initiative would receive $27.5 million, which includes $1 million for the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections.
On January 13, 2014 the House and Senate appropriators released the $1 trillion omnibus federal spending package, which includes a $51.6 billion Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill.
For the millions of individuals involved in the criminal justice system who have mental health or substance use disorders, research suggests that evidence-based treatment can improve health outcomes and reduce future offenses.
Amy Solomon, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, participated in a symposium on “Health Behind Bars” in New York on October 21-22.
Youth reentering the community after contact with the criminal justice system often have significant mental health and substance abuse needs.
Hosted by the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, the Training Institutes will focus on improving services and supports for children, adolescents, and young adults with or at risk for mental health challenges and their families.
The National Council for Community Behavioral Health Care offers a nationally recognized eight-hour training to teach how to help people in an emergency situation that stems from from mental illness or substance abuse.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and the Center for Mental Health Services is now accepting applications for the FY2014 Develop and Expand Behavioral Health Treatment Court Collaboratives grant programs.
This webinar will provide an overview of eligibility criteria and the enrollment process for these benefits; discuss the federal SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) training program as a way to improve enrollment; and offer success stories and lessons learned from the field.
The National Reentry Resource Center hosted this webinar to assist organizations with their 2014 applications for the Adult Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders Second Chance Act grant.
Presented in collaboration with the Center for Health and Justice (CHJ) at Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, this webinar discusses how jurisdictions can increase client engagement and retention by adopting a systems approach.
In this December 2013 webinar, Benjamin Chambers of the National Juvenile Justice Network discusses the prevalence of mental health and substance abuse issues among youth in the juvenile justice system.
Presented in collaboration with Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, this webinar discusses how jurisdictions can link multiple systems to increase participation and retention in community treatment.
People involved with the criminal justice system experience high rates of communicable and chronic disease, as well as mental health and substance use disorders.
This webinar assists users in navigating the complexity of reentry research available on the What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse.
Presenters review how adopting a “continuing care model” to treat substance use disorders can improve outcomes for individuals who are justice involved.
This webinar was the first in a webinar series titled Best Practices for Engaging and Retaining Formerly Incarcerated Individuals in Community Substance Abuse Treatment. The webinar discussed how jurisdictions can create strong foundations for effective connections to community treatment through a [...]
On January 24, 2013, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) released Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) grant applications. On February 19, 2013, the Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) hosted a webinar [...]
This webinar, presented by the CSG Justice Center, features practical approaches to increasing and improving family engagement and involvement in the juvenile justice system. With support from the MacArthur Foundation, the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice has [...]
This publication from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides data about key indicators of behavioral health problems including rates of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, underage drinking, and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorders.
The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with some 7.2 million Americans under correctional supervision. During 2013, legislators in at least 31 states adopted 47 criminal justice policies that may help to reduce the prison population, improve juvenile justice outcomes, and eliminate the barriers that marginalize people with criminal records.
This report from the Vera Institute of Justice summarizes state-level mandatory sentencing reforms since 2000, discusses their impact, and offers recommendations to jurisdictions considering similar efforts.
This learning module from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Drexel University College of Medicine, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine enhances the teaching and learning of health care communication skills specific to adolescents with substance use disorders.
Individuals are most likely to begin using drugs—including tobacco, alcohol, and illegal and prescription drugs—during adolescence and young adulthood.
This report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration presents the results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug and Health. It provides detailed tables of the national estimates on the prevalence of mental disorders and mental health service use among youth and adults.
This report from the Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities’ Center for Health and Justice (CHJ) provides the results of a national survey of criminal justice diversion programs, focusing on strategies and lessons learned for reducing recidivism, improving health interventions, and achieving public cost savings.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released its 2012 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) data and documentation files, which are available for download and online analysis.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Health Insurance Marketplace offers a wealth of materials designed to educate consumers about the importance of health insurance and how to enroll in programs for which they may be eligible.
With guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the National Criminal Justice Training Center at Fox Valley Technical College developed this directory of technical assistance (TA) providers for tribal justice programs.
In a letter to national lawmakers, Catholic leaders applauded the Second Chance Act as an enhancement of public safety and human dignity, and asked for further support in reauthorizing the legislation in Congress.
When it comes to fighting the war on drugs, community-based substance abuse treatment programs should be a tool that is readily available for the judicial system.
With the National School Climate Survey reporting that as many as 64 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths likely to suffer from depression, suicide attempts and substance abuse, organizations across the state are joining together to implement early-intervention services in schools and the community.
As part of the National Governors Association’s (NGA) ongoing effort to help states reduce prescription drug abuse, findings from the Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction Policy Academy were the focus of the Health and Human Services Committee session at NGA’s 2014 Winter Meeting.
Ohio is one of 11 states that have begun working to enroll prisoners into Medicaid when they get sick or as they are released, a move that could save the state nearly $18 million this year by shifting health costs to the federal government.
Governor Deval Patrick said today that the use of restraints and seclusion in handling mentally ill individuals in state prisons should be restricted to cases where there is a “serious and immediate” danger to the inmate and others.
West Virginia will soon launch a program offering substance abuse treatment to people on parole or work release.
Landing time in an Ohio prison could also soon get you help enrolling into health care coverage under Obamacare.
Mercer and Raleigh counties are among nine localities to be included in a new select program that will offer community-based substance abuse treatment to people on probation, parole and supervised release.
West Virginia is preparing to launch a program that will offer community-based substance abuse treatment to people on probation, parole and supervised release.